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Top of the Bay rings in July with a Red White and Blue T-Dance

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Celebrate the start of July- in the sky - at "Top of the Bay" on Friday July 1. 

Not so long ago San Diego’s LGBT community had a weekly afternoon meeting place atop the Park Manor Hotel.

Known as “Top of the Park,” this passel of people joined together for an afternoon of drinks, conversation and pre-weekend energy.

Community activist Benny Cartwright recalls the event as being legendary, “It was a very popular ‘kick off the weekend’ spot,” he says, “with hundreds of people going there every Friday afternoon. There was often an older crowd that got there early, and others would come in throughout the evening.”

Hillcrest social personality and photographer Jim Winsor also has memories of the two-decade long tradition that closed abruptly five years ago.

“It ended after the Park Manor Hotel was sold in 2011, and the rooftop venue known as Top of the Park was permanently closed as a result,” Winsor said. “It was quite popular back in the day, as a casual way to kick off the weekend with friends, cocktails, and an inevitably gorgeous sunset view of the city skyline at dusk.”

However even after the closure, the torch continues to shine brightly for those wishing to start their weekend off with gorgeous views of the city, bay amid an engaging social atmosphere.

“Top of the Mark," turned into “Top of the Bay” a few years ago and moved to the Porto Vista Hotel, and just like its predecessor, it remains a gathering place for people who savor the benefits of a burgeoning nightlife.

“Top of the Bay at the rooftop of the Porto Vista Hotel is the most enduring endeavor to step in and fill the void since the original Top of the Park’s closing,” said Winsor.

This week “Top of the Bay” will celebrate July 4th early as SDPIX presents the  Red White and Blue kick-off party.

DJ Rick Betta will provide the tunes and Pride of Juno will host a Rum Bar from 6 pm to 7 pm.  

After the social hour stay and dance to rotating DJs from 7 pm to 10 pm at the T-Dance. 

Attendees will also recieve a wrist band which allows entrance to Rich's from 10 pm to midnight. 

Shuttle service will start at Rich's at 5 pm and run to and from the hotel every 15 minutes until 10 pm. 

Attendees can enter to win the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party VIP Backstage Experience by texting SDPIX PRIDE to 46786

Preserve you memories at print your Instagram photos at the SDPIX social media kiosk and talk to SDPIX staff about VIP memberships and the raffle contest. 

The Hillcrest Business Association will be on site with Pride Block Party promotions.

The Porto Vista Hotel is located at 1835 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101

Rich's Nightclub is located at 1051 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103